Apple Topples RIM in Global Smartphone Sales

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IphoneADOTAS – During Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Monday, CEO Steve Jobs gloated that the company hod sold 14.1 million iPhones in the last quarter compared to RIM selling 12.1 million BlackBerrys. “We’ve now passed RIM, and I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future,” he bragged, which irked RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie, who questioned Jobs’ numbers in a blog.

Well, Balsillie was right, but he might not be happy about that: according to Strategy Analytics, in the calendar third quarter, Apple shipped 15.4 million iPhones globally. Balsillie’s own BlackBerry sales estimates of 13.8 million to 14.4 million were a bit too rosy: Strategy Analytics puts them at 12.3 million. The entire smartphone market grew 78% overall.

So it’s official that Apple has flown by RIM on the global smartphone scene, but it’s got a long way to go to catch up with Nokia, the world leader with 26.5 million smartphones shipped last quarter. However, Strategy Analytics noted that this is the closest the two mobile giants have been since Apple entered the market in 2007 — every inch counts.

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